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Machali (pronounce "Muchly") the grande dame of Ranthambhore. She's 16 or 17 years old and lost several canine teeth 8 years ago when she picked a fight with a crocodile when the lake dried out. After several hours she won, but at the price of several teeth. It doesn't seem to have held her back too much.

She walked towards us through the bush and close enough to the back of our jeep that my wife could have reached out and touched her. Machali was oblivious to it all as she was just looking for somewhere quiet to get a bit of kip.

Alan

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2012 - 1:23 AM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/7.1
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Grande Dame
Username:alansnap alansnap
Uploaded:1 May 2012 - 8:14 PM
Tags:India, Panthera tigris tigris, Rajasthan, Ranthambhore, Tiger, Wildlife / nature
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baxster
baxster  6 England
1 May 2012 - 8:19 PM

cracking capture.
ian

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2012 - 8:21 PM

Super shot & weren't you lucky to be so close
Ju

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stretch123
1 May 2012 - 8:30 PM

stunning shot

paul

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2012 - 8:32 PM

Oh how wonderful to have been so close to this magnificent creature. Gorgeous shot.

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2012 - 8:35 PM

Thanks everyone, we were very lucky, but we had an excellent guide too, so it's really full marks to Raj for getting us this close.
Alan

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rontear
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1 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

Superb !!!! Alan.
Ron.

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2012 - 9:43 AM

Thank you Ron for the Ua, it's much appreciated.
Alan

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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 - 2:32 PM

...cracking shot....I recently watched a TV program about this tiger....no doubt you knew that Smile

.....Mike

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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2012 - 3:01 PM

Excellent capture, bet you glad you were using a long lens
Ian

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